150 years in the making, “Discovering Deerpath” tells the magical story about the North Shore suburb of Lake Forest, IL. Captured in part with one of the very first RED cameras ever created back in 2008, the award-winning film went on to receive the coveted “G” movie rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. Narrated by Bill Kurtis and Written/Directed by Jeremy Richter, the feature-length film held its theatrical debut on November 15th, 2008. Movie critic Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times said of the film: “What a rare and delightful piece of documentary filmmaking. Lake Forest and its rich history have been beautifully incorporated into this extremely intriguing film.”
DISCOVERING DEERPATH | NARRATED BY BILL KURTIS AND WRITTEN/DIRECTED BY JEREMY RICHTER
“Discovering Deerpath” (Rated “G” 124 Minutes) is a historical documentary about the North Shore suburb of Lake Forest, Illinois. Narrated by Emmy Award-Winning Host Bill Kurtis and Written/Directed by Jeremy Richter, the movie covers modern day events of the town and then takes the viewer onto a journey that begins in the early 1800’s. Along the way, the founding of Lake Forest is explored through stunning original works of art.
Also covered in the movie are many local and national events and figures, including how the citizens of Lake Forest were involved with The Underground Railroad, Abraham Lincoln, Lyman Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charles. B. Farwell, John V. Farwell, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the creation of Lake Forest Day, the nationally acclaimed Market Square, J. Ogden Armour, Cal Rodgers, Charles Lindbergh, the Prince of Wales, Dr. Theodore Proxmire, Iwo Jima Veteran Greeley Wells and Apollo Astronaut Jim Lovell, who was a member of the first crew to orbit the moon. Interwoven throughout each of these unique stories is the dramatic effect of community and the heights to which the human spirit can aspire to when backed by such a powerful and positive presence.
In 2019, the film held its 10-year anniversary celebration at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest, IL. Screened at the John & Nancy Hughes Theater, Apollo 8/13 Astronaut Jim Lovell and his wife Marilyn were in attendance.
Richard D. Marra, Jr.
David & Jeremy Richter
Marcel Morin & Joe Martinez, Jr.
Edward J. Grozich
Eric Oakland & Jessica Duenke
Years In Business
From the scriptwriting to the cinematography, the creative team really hit a home run.
“Working with Richter Studios on my documentary production was a truly wonderful experience. From the scriptwriting to the cinematography, the creative team really hit a home run. It is now over a decade since we created this two-hour masterpiece and we continue to have theatrical showings. We preserved the stories of individuals who are no longer with us and it has been amazing to see the film continue to attract new audiences. I am also very proud that the film received the coveted ‘G’ rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. This happened because of the great care Richter Studios put into this outstanding film.”
Richard D. Marra, Jr. | Executive Producer | “Discovering Deerpath”
The Making Of “Discovering Deerpath”
Enjoy our behind-the-scenes photo gallery about the creation of the feature film. Principal photography took place over 30 separate days during 2007/2008. Most of the film was captured with a Panasonic Varicam but certain stylized scenes were captured with the RED One – the world’s first cinema-grade 4K resolution camera.